Monday, February 11, 2013

Those Noregians are OK

Perhaps we should take a look at countries that are actually working to learn a few things (just the good things.) Over in Norwegia (that's how you pronounce it right?) the Nordic countries are doing really well in all aspects, and they aren't the monkey socialists so many angry white Republicans like to claim. http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21571136-politicians-both-right-and-left-could-learn-nordic-countries-next-supermodel

Monday, November 19, 2012

Obama Reigns Supreme

For another 4 years will see a stymied obama that says the right things, does some pretty substantial things, but is largely the centrist everyone has grown to love or hate. What's curious is the implosion of the REpublican party and how much they're way out of line. Moderate republicans need to stand up to give this country a chance. We'll see where people vote in two years, but right now we might be stuck in the miry clay as Republicans cry like little babies about the economy they destroyed.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bill Airforce Windows

If Mitt Romney gets in power then he'll want to pass a bill permitting all planes to have powered windows in first class.

JKJ

I think.

Was he serious? You have to believe he had to be joking when he remarked that his plane could use some open windows...... At least McCain  had a plan, too bad he picked the wrong running mate.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ways to celebrate poets!

From poets.org!

30 Ways to Celebrate

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day
The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with co-workers, family, and friends.
Read a book of poetry 
"Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right."
Memorize a poem
"Getting a poem or prose passage truly 'by heart' implies getting it by mind and memory and understanding and delight."
Revisit a poem
"America is a country of second acts, so today, why not brush the dust off these classics and give them a fresh read?"
Put poetry in an unexpected place 
"Books should be brought to the doorstep like electricity, or like milk in England: they should be considered utilities."
Bring a poem to your place of worship 
"We define poetry as the unofficial view of being, and bringing the art of language in contact with your spiritual practices can deepen both."
Attend a poetry reading 
"Readings have been occurring for decades around the world in universities, bookstores, cafes, corner pubs, and coffeehouses."
Play Exquisite Corpse 
"Each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising—sometimes absurd—yet often beautiful poem."
Read a poem at an open mic 
"It's a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local writing community."
Support literary organizations 
"Many national and local literary organizations offer programs that reach out to the general public to broaden the recognition of poets and their work."
Listen on your commute
"Often, hearing an author read their own work can clarify questions surrounding their work's tone."
Subscribe to a literary magazine 
"Full of surprising and challenging poetry, short fiction, interviews, and reviews, literary journals are at the forefront of contemporary poetry."
Start a notebook on Poets.org 
"Poets.org lets users build their own personal portable online commonplace book out of the materials on our site."
Put a poem in a letter"It's always a treat to get a letter, but finding a poem in the envelope makes the experience extra special."
Watch a poetry movie"What better time than National Poetry Month to gather some friends, watch a poetry-related movie, and perhaps discuss some of the poet's work after the film?"

Take a poem out to lunch
"Adding a poem to lunch puts some poetry in your day and gives you something great to read while you eat."
Put a poem on the pavement 
"Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk."
Recite a poem to family and friends 
"You can use holidays or birthdays as an opportunity to celebrate with a poem that is dear to you, or one that reminds you of the season."
Organize a poetry reading 
"When looking for a venue, consider your local library, coffee shop, bookstore, art gallery, bar or performance space."
Promote public support for poetry"Every year, Congress decides how much money will be given to the National Endowment for the Arts to be distributed all across America."
Start a poetry reading group 
"Select books that would engage discussion and not intimidate the reader new to poetry."
Read interviews and literary criticism
"Reading reviews can also be a helpful exercise and lend direction to your future reading."
Buy a book of poems for your library
"Many libraries have undergone or are facing severe cuts in funding. These cuts are often made manifest on library shelves."
Start a commonplace book 
"Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books."
Integrate poetry with technology 
"Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures that are automatically added to the end of every email you send."
Sign up for a poetry class or workshop 
"Colleges and arts centers often make individual courses in literature and writing available to the general public."
Write a letter to a poet
"Let the poets who you are reading know that you appreciate their work by sending them a letter."
Visit a poetry landmark
"Visiting physical spaces associated with a favorite writer is a memorable way to pay homage to their life and work."